Staff and students at Lakes College were delighted to welcome Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda
Spielman and Senior HMI Paul Cocker to their campus.
The visitors spent the day touring facilities including the Construction Skills Centre and the National College for Nuclear last month before government restrictions were brought in.
They had first-hand experience of the ‘Big Rig’ training facility, the world-class welding shop, the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality equipment and enjoyed a lunch prepared by catering students.
They also met with a number of students, apprentices, employers, staff and governors and learned
about the work that the college does.
Commenting on the Chief Inspector’s visit, Amanda Spielman said: “I was lucky to squeeze in a visit
to Lakes College before the national lockdown was reintroduced, and was delighted to see that
students have been able to continue with their vocational training and education in these
“The training programme and courses provided at the college are diverse, and I’m sure will hold
students in good stead in their chosen career.”
Chris Nattress, Lakes College principal, said: “We were honoured to welcome Amanda and Paul to
the college, who spent the day speaking to a broad range of students, apprentices, employers, staff
and governors about the fantastic work we do here.
“Mrs Spielman and Mr Cocker met with our engineering, construction and welding students and
apprentices, our NHS nurse cadets, and our Honours degree students within the National College for Nuclear. They found out about the various journeys our students are on, and the wide variety of
courses and programmes that we offer.
“We were very proud to be able to show what great work we do here with our students, apprentices
and partner employers and the difference we make. I have no doubt our visitors were very
impressed with what they saw and enjoyed some real West Cumbrian hospitality and welcome!”
Amanda Spielman was appointed as the HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and
Skills in January 2017.
The position is responsible for the organisation, staffing and management of Ofsted, and ensures the efficient and effective use of their resources.